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Full text of "The Note Books Of Samuel Butler"

The Life of the World to Come   375

I am not oie of those who have travelled along a set road
towards an end that I have foreseen and desired to reach. I
have made a succession of jaunts or pleasure trips from,
meadow to meadow, but no long journey unless life itself be
reckoned so. Nevertheless, I have strayed into no field in
which I have not iound a flower that was worth the finding,
I have gone into no public place in which I have not found
sovereigns lying about on the ground which people would not
notice and be at the trouble of picking up. They have been
things which any one else has had—or at any rate a very
large number of people have had—as good a chance of pick-
ing up as I had. My finds have none of them come as the
result of research or severe study, though they have generally
given me plenty to do in the way of research and study as
soon as I had got hold of them. I take it that these are the
most interesting—or whatever the least offensive word may
be:

1.  The   emphasising  the  analogies   between   crime  and
disease.   [Erewkon.]

2.  The emphasising also the analogies between the develop-
ment of the organs of our bodies and of those which are not
incorporate with our bodies and which we call tools or
machines.   [Erewhon and Luck or Cunning ?}

3.  The clearing up the history of the events in connection
with the death, or rather crucifixion, of Jesus Christ; and a
reasonable explanation, first, of the belief on the part of the
founders of Christianity that their master had risen from the
dead and, secondly, of what might follow from belief in a
single supposed miracle.    [The Evidence for the Resurrection
of Jesus Christ, The Fair Haven and Erewhon Revisited.]

4.  The perception that personal identity cannot be denied
between parents and offspring without at the same time
denying it as between the different ages (and hence moments)
in the life of the individual and, as a corollary on this, the
ascription of the phenomena of heredity to the same source
as those of memory.    [Life and Habit.]

5.  The tidying up the earlier history of the theory of
evolution.   [Evolution Old and New.}

6.  The exposure and discomfiture of Charles Darwin and
Wallace and their followers.    [Evolution Old and New, Un-
conscious Memory, Luck or Cunning?  and "The Deadlock